Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven book review



Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything. 

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.



Welcome to the book whose original synopsis broke the internet. (seriously look it up if you don’t know what i’m talking about)  This book was wonderful! Jennifer is a beautiful author who writes an even more beautiful YA book. This book hit home to me as i read about Libby and her emotions of going through being labeled as the fattest teen. There is so much raw emotion in this book that i was left with many tears. The ending is a bit predictable but overall still worth reading every page. These characters really grow and you can see how cruel some people can be and how beautiful others are despite their differences. Jennifer is an amazing writer and really lays out a good scene! Jennifer shows us many stereotypes but does it in a way with out being too over the top. This book is beautiful even against all the negative initial blurbing. (PS thanks Jennifer for handling it in a classy way) This beautiful heart wrenching tale gets 4 stars from me! Thanks to BFB’s for this copy in exchange for my open and honest review.


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